Addressing Homelessness with our HOPE Teams: Mia's Story

When the City Council authorized new HOPE teams to assist with homelessness, I saw the value and was successful in getting the first team assigned to the Valley.  These teams work with our homeless community, Sanitation, LAHSA, and together they develop relationships which are helping to get many homeless people off the streets and into the services they need.  I was heartened to read about Mia’s story, shared with us by LAPD: Continue reading

2nd Annual LAFD Girls Camp

In early April, I’ll be sponsoring Los Angeles’s 2nd LAFD Girls Camp.  This time it’ll be housed right here in Council District 6 at Drill Tower 81 in Panorama City.  This Camp asks girls if they’ve ever wondered what it’s like to be a fire fighter? Girls 14-18 are invited to experience what it’s like to be a firefighter with a two-day hands-on program taught by some of the City’s female firefighters and cadets.  They’ll learn about career opportunities and enjoy fun activities with actual firefighting tools and equipment.  To find out more, visit lafd-camp.eventbrite.com or call 213.893.9899  

Welcoming New Firefighters to LA

When someone signs up to be a Los Angeles Firefighter, they are embarking on a very intense process.  Before even being admitted to the training, they face a serious of tests and evaluations.  The training is then an intense twenty week program that tests each recruit by pushing them to the extremes that firefighters might encounter protecting our community. It is an incredible honor to see these recruits graduate after their training.  Last week, I joined Chief Terrazas, along with Mayor Garcetti, Controller Galperin, and Councilman Blumenfield at the graduation of LAFD Recruit Class 2016-1.  This group of 45 new firefighters, 43 men and two women, started service to our City on Monday morning! Continue reading

Latina History Day: HOPE

Latina History Day celebrates the many accomplishments of Latinas in the United States. For the past 15 years, Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE) has worked with the City Council to declare a day in March as Latina History Day. This year’s resolution coincided with HOPE’s Latina History Day Conference. The Latina History Day conference, for which Latina History Day in California was created, draws over 900 women to celebrate the historic accomplishments of Latinas and gives them the opportunity to partake in forums on corporate advancement, the state of public education and financial empowerment. This is the 26th year that HOPE has been putting this conference together.  This year’s theme is “Embrace the Journey.”  I was honored to present HOPE with this year’s Latina History Day resolution at the City Council last Friday.

Hidden Figures: Inspiring LA's Girls

February was Black History Month, and to celebrate my colleagues Council President Herb Wesson, Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, and Councilmember Curren Price joined me in bringing together hundreds of girls from throughout Los Angeles to a special private screening of Hidden Figures. The movie was nominated for three Academy Awards, including Best Picture.  It depicts the real-life story of three African American women who were instrumental in the early days of the United States’ space exploration program. Continue reading

Spotlight: Sun Valley Neighborhood Council

Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council (S.V.A.N.C) was one of several project leaders citywide to be recognized by the Board of Public Works on Saturday Jan. 14, 2017, as one of the top place finishers in the Clean Streets LA Challenge! The city launched the Clean Streets LA Challenge last Summer/Fall 2016 in efforts to promote more civic engagement in getting some of our toughest city streets clean. Along with focusing on specific problematic corridors that fall victim to illegal dumping, the Clean Streets LA Challenge also emphasized for project leaders and groups to promote the increase use of the MyLA311 app in their respective communities. This app allows Angelinos and the public to accurately report illegal dumping through submission of pictures and exact pin pointed locations of a request. SVANC chose to tackle the Peoria-Tujunga-Bradley Corridor, an area known for some of the city's heaviest illegal dumping activity. The Sun Valley community along with SVANC's leadership were successful in accomplishing their goal of cleaning up the entire corridor as Vice President Cindy Sower put it: Continue reading

Human Trafficking Awareness Month Annual Toiletry Drive

Every year I partner with key service organizations that work with victims of human trafficking, to provide them with toiletries. When a girl or woman is rescued from human trafficking, she often comes with little more than the clothes she’s wearing.  That’s why the toiletry drive is so important.  Giving these women the hygiene and toiletry items she needs often makes a huge difference in helping her feel some level of comfort and normalcy return to her life. We could really use your help as we hope to exceed last year’s successful drive.  We need things like shampoo, toothbrushes, tampons, deodorant, etc.  You can drop these items off at any one of my offices, or at bins throughout City Hall.  I hope you’ll join me and give a little to help these women. This year’s donations will go to two incredible organizations:  Journey Out and Saving Innocence.  Both groups serve women and girls in Los Angeles.

Protecting a Woman's Right to Choose: Rally to Save Roe & Defending Planned Parenthood

On the eve of the Presidential Inauguration, I was proud to join the National Council of Jewish Women, Los Angeles, at a “Rally to Save Roe.”  We gathered to send a clear message to the incoming administration that women “Won’t go back” to the days when we didn’t have the choice to make our own reproductive and healthcare decisions. Many women in Council District 6 rely on the services of Planned Parenthood for their healthcare.  Women need to have all the accurate and honest information available to them to make healthy decisions for their own bodies, and Planned Parenthood provides this.  Additionally, many of these clinics provide cancer screenings, various forms of birth control, and other health services.  When the incoming leadership in Washington D.C. declared their first priority was to defund Planned Parenthood, it made me angry, as it will hurt many residents of my district. Ultimately, it is important to me that we send a clear message, that a woman in Los Angeles should make her own healthcare decisions, and men in Washington D.C. shouldn’t dictate those decisions to her!

Women's March Los Angeles

On the 21st, approximately 750,000 women and the men who support them marched in the streets of Los Angeles.  I was so proud to take my daughter with me and to be joined by my husband and friends at the march. Continue reading

Welcoming New Businesses to Van Nuys

I am committed to the revitalization of Van Nuys.  What was once the place to go and visit for shopping, entertainment, and community events has the potential to become that place again.  I would like to see the Van Nuys Blvd. area be a destination again, and I’m working every day to help make that happen. Recently we welcomed two new businesses to the area. Continue reading